07 May, 2021

With A Pinch Of Doubt

Double fortified salt is a good idea but...

Tribhuvan Tiwari
With A Pinch Of Doubt

Iodine & Iron

  • Iodised salt came to India in the late 1950s
  • Today, 80 per cent of India uses iodised salt, which has reduced the incidence of goitre
  • Fortifying salt with both iodine and iron can help fight another widespread condition—anaemia
  • Double fortified salt, or DFS, could prove to be a game-changer in the fight against malnutrition
  • But if the fight against anaemia is to succeed the government has to ensure that more than just a few big salt-makers get the technology for making DFS


The introduction last month of double fortified salt (DFS)—containing an iron supplement in addition to the usual iodine—brings a new edge to the fight against malnutrition. The use of iodised salt has considerably reduced the incidence of endemic goitre; double fortification will extend the fight to anaemia. Using DFS for cooking can meet much of the body’s iron requirement and (except...

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